Chad Johnson’s Lawyer Seeks Cut in 30-day Jail Term

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  • MIAMI (AP) — The backside pat former NFL star Chad Johnson gave his lawyer in court was not meant as disrespect to a judge and certainly wasn’t something that warrants a 30-day jail sentence, the attorney said Tuesday in a motion seeking another chance.

    Adam Swickle asked Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider the sentence she imposed Monday. Johnson had reached a deal with prosecutors for community service and counseling to resolve a probation violation from his no-contest plea last year to battery on his then-wife, TV star Evelyn Lozada.

    McHugh, just elected last August to her first term on the bench, seemed poised to approve the plea deal until Johnson’s backside pat of Swickle triggered a wave of laughter in the court. The judge then angrily said she wouldn’t sign off and tossed the six-time Pro Bowler formerly known as Chad Ochocinco in jail.

    “This isn’t a joke,” the judge said, raising questions about his sincerity.

    Swickle said the backside pat was merely Johnson’s way of showing appreciation for his attorney’s work on the case. Moments before it had meant he wouldn’t do any jail time despite skipping out on meetings with his probation officer for three months.

    “Mr. Johnson has been a professional football player in the National Football League for 11 years and patting another individual on the backside is viewed as a sign of respect and gratitude,” he said in the motion. “It is clear that the court misinterpreted Mr. Johnson’s interaction with his attorney.”

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    One thought on “Chad Johnson’s Lawyer Seeks Cut in 30-day Jail Term

    1. That was an abuse of her power. Chad didn’t smile at all. Tht is what football players do…she is the one tht brought it up about how good the attorney was…it wasn’t Chad problem tht the audience member and ballif laughed….she was wrong…again look how many time Lindsay Logan been to court and has never spent a day she gave him 30 days ppl we need to get a clue…stop falling for this shit…I don’t like some of the things tht Chad has done but he didn’t deserve this..Ppl realized what the r doing to us …

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